Lee Atchison

Cloud Strategist, Thought Leader, Industry Cloud Expert

Thought Leader

Lee Atchison is a recognized industry thought leader in cloud computing. He has committed his career to architecting and building high scale, cloud-based, service-oriented, SaaS applications. He has specific expertise in building highly available systems.

Lee is the author of the best-selling book Architecting For Scale, published by O’Reilly Media. The book, originally released in 2016, recently went through a major upgrade and was released as the second edition in 2020.

Lee is a widely quoted thought leader in publications such as Diginomica, IT Brief, Programmable Web, CIO Review, and DZone. He has been a featured speaker at events across the globe from London to Sydney, Tokyo to Paris, and all over North America.

You can see some of Lee’s articles, publications, speaking sessions, webinars, podcasts, and other content on this website.

Architecting for Scale

Architecting for Scale, 2nd Edition

As web applications grow, two things begin to happen. They scale to handle significantly more complicated and hence brittle, and they handle significantly larger traffic volume requiring more novel and complicated mechanisms to handle this traffic. This can lead to a death spiral for an application that can lead to brownouts, blackouts, and other quality of service and availability problems.

This is Lee’s highly popular O’Reilly Media book, Architecting for Scale, Second Edition.

This book helps you avoidthis death spiral by teaching you basic techniques for building applications that can reliably handle huge quantities of traffic, as well as huge variability in traffic without impacting the quality your customers expect.

The second edition of the book is now available! This edition has been updated for 2020. The information has been dramatically updated and reorganized, and new information has been added on cloud computing and serverless computing. I hope you enjoy!

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Lee is an outstanding Architect and
Director / Manager. He has a passion for
excellence that shows in his work and through
the work of his team. On top of that he is able
to led by example as his ability to develop is
second to none.
Ken Gavranovic, CEO, EVP, GM
I love working with Lee: so talented,
customer centric, always well prepared,
collaborative and willing to go the extra
mile to make our customers successful.
Caroline Salen, Global Director
I urge you, in your journey as part of this
exciting explosion of new systems and products
and companies, to do the same: to learn from
Lee in building your systems for scale.
Bjorn Freeman-Benson, CTO, VP Engineering
Lee is an outstanding Architect and
Director / Manager. He has a passion for
excellence that shows in his work and through
the work of his team. On top of that he is able
to led by example as his ability to develop is
second to none.
Greg Hampton, CEO, Advisor